Archive for October, 2009

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2009
October 20, 2009

18th Annual KCABJ Media Awards
The judges have nearly finished work on picking the winners of the KCABJ Media Awards.
The honors will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion. In addition, four of the top graduates from the 2009 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy will be chosen for scholarships.
They are the Roy Wilkins-KCABJ Scholarship, the Lucile Bluford-KCABJ Scholarship, the Laura Hockaday-KCABJ Scholarship and the Nancy Diuguid-KCABJ Scholarship. KCABJ members who worked most closely with the students in the summer program at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley will meet soon to decide which students will receive the honors.
In addition, KCABJ will hold its holiday gathering on Dec. 5 at Diastole at 25th and Holmes streets. The Call of Kansas City will be honored for its 90th anniversary. Dr. Earnest Perry, chair at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, is to be invited to be the speaker at the program. Perry received his doctorate in the black press and has authored academic papers on The Call’s longtime publisher, Lucile Bluford.
Ms. Bluford, by the way, was inducted this month in the Missouri Press Association’s Hall of Fame at its 19th annual ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel. KCABJ member and Call reporter and columnist Eric L. Wesson accepted the award on Ms. Bluford’s behalf. She died in 2003.

UNITY: Journalists of Color is sending out survey questions to people in the news industry to seek viewpoints on how diversity in media organizations is doing in the face of the economic downturn. The results are not likely to be positive.
The National Association of Black Journalists is facing budget problems. Richard Prince reported in Journal-ism that higher than expected expenses from the summer convention have hit NABJ hard.
NABJ President Kathy Times sent e-mail to members saying unfilled rooms at the Tampa gathering left NABJ with a $121,000 bill. That has resulted in staff reductions, furloughs, personal donations from NABJ board members, software to improve financial reporting and the organization is launching a life membership campaign to generate immediate operating income.
Times said NABJ has lost 887 members since last year, or $78,525 in day-to-day operating dollars. It’s because of job losses in the news industry.
NABJ is trying to sign on 100 lifetime members in 100 days at $3,000 per person. It entitles those who pay the fee to special privileges, including free yearly registration to the NABJ convention. For more information call Veronique Dodson at 301-445-7100.
NABJ members also are being asked to give $35 each month in honor of the 35th anniversary of NABJ in 2010.
Former NABJ President Barbara Ciara has been elected president of UNITY: Journalists of Color. She will finish the term vacated by Rafael Olmeda, who resigned. Ciara said her goal is to keep pushing for jobs in the news industry.

News You Can Use
The Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism is accepting applications for internships, training, an intense one-week college course in multimedia and other areas. For more information send e-mail to Karen Catone at
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are accepting applications for the 2010 Knight News Challenge, a contest awarding as much as $5 million for innovative ideas using digital experiments to change community news. For more information go to
UNITY is seeking an intern at its McLean, Va., office. For more information go to UNITY’s Web site.
The NABJ Media Institute and CBS News are offeringa seminar for journalists seeking to move up the ranks. For more information go to
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering fellowships worth $2,000 for four days of study in business journalism Jan. 5-8 in Phoenix. For more information go to or call 866-479-NABJ.
The Meredith Corp., its Phoenix station – KPHO CBS 5 and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University are offering a weeklong program for top minority broadcast students. It will take place Jan. 4-9 in Phoenix. For more information go to
The Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science and Religion is seeking applications. For more information go to
Kaiser Media internships are being offered to young journalists who are interested in reporting on health issues. For more information call 866-479-NABJ.
The Columbia University Journalism School is seeking entries for the 2009 John B. Oakes Award Award for Environmental Journalism.
KSHB-TV and KMCI-TV are seeking a receptionist for the business department and a media sales executive. For more information call Tracy Wakeman at 816-932-4360.
WTHR News is seeking an evening executive producer. For more information contact Steve Jefferson.
The U.S. Census Bureau has openings for partnership specialists in Kansas City. For more information go to
The Boston Globe os offering an internship. For more information call Paula Bouknight at 617-929-3120.

KC People
KCABJ 2009 academy graduate Zachary McGowan not only is a columnist for The Call, but he also is doing a talk show for Time Warmer cable TV channel 18.